DOH-DOLE-DOT-DILG-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) Ceremonial Signing on Implementing Guidelines of the Safety Seal Certification Program

DOH-DOLE-DOT-DILG-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) Ceremonial Signing on Implementing Guidelines of the Safety Seal Certification Program

A Safety Seal Certification sticker is one of the Government's solutions in restoring the public's confidence to "Go out/Visit establishments/Travel" as the economy slowly reopens while assuring their safety.

In a joint memorandum circular on implementing the Safety Seal Certification Program guidelines, five government agencies joined together online and signed the certificate.

The following government agencies that participated in the Ceremonial signing were the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Health (DOH).

The purpose of the safety seal sticker is to boost the confidence of Filipinos in going out and visiting establishments with strict health, safety, and contract-tracing protocols in place.

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"What the safety seal does is those which has it, at least people are assured even without asking, even just seeing the establishment from afar," Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said in an online briefing.

He added that the seal is more of a "good housekeeping" and can cause a change of behavior of the consumers to adhere to the minimum public health protocols. A best practice that other countries also use, such as Singapore, to give confidence to the public.

DILG Sec. Eduardo M. Año backed up Sec. Lopez said that when the public sees the sticker, it could form a new habit for them to follow the health and safety protocols.

DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez
DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez

Sec. Lopez said the safety seal affirms that an establishment follows minimum public health protocols and will assure the customers' safety in that establishment.

"Likewise, it indicates that the establishment is using the StaySafe digital contact tracing application to strengthen the contact tracing initiative of government now led by DILG to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19," he stressed.

Based on their estimates, Lopez said they expect at least 500,000 establishments in the retail sector alone to apply for the initiative.

The sticker has the following statement written over it: "We follow safety and health protocols against Covid-19." It also shows a green checkmark against a white backdrop over a blue sheet of paper.

Each seal will be valid for six months but maybe revoked anytime when a business is found with a violation.

The requirements for the safety seal are "simple," said Sec. Lopez.

"It's just really the certification of their business permits, the usual mayor's permit, and the same time, it is required that they download the StaySafe app, and use that in their establishment. Most of all they must comply with the minimum public health protocols," he said.

He also emphasized that the safety seal is not mandatory for establishments to operate under the new normal but encourages them to register. Consumers can download the stay safe app.

Meanwhile, DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that tourism establishments applying for the safety seal are voluntary, and all DOT-accredited hotels may apply.

Related story: DOT vows to restore travelers' confidence and list of hotels with WTTC Safe Travels Stamp

Regarding integrating the Stay Safe app, local government units and even the Department of Transportation, Sec. Año said, "This is a work in progress. This coming May, we will see the outcome of our work."

"Several LGUs are already using the app, where 3.2 million users are using the mobile app," he added. "One system to work and put into the center of all contact tracings."

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